QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 80 - Page 25

Award-winning student beats eating disorder A STUDENT FROM QMU has won an academic excellence award, the Sandie Randall Award, after overcoming an eating disorder. Caitlin Canavan, a fourth year International Hospitality and Tourism Management student, has now become a Scottish Young Ambassador for national eating disorder charity, Beat, to help support other young people in Scotland affected by eating disorders. Caitlin has donated half of her Sandie Randall Award money to Beat, to help fund the charity’s work. Sandie Randall, former Head of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management at QMU, has continued her association with the University after her retirement in 2008 by gifting the generous annual award to support student development. Caitlin’s advice to anybody studying at university whilst in recovery from an eating disorder is to engage with all student services available, including the University’s counselling services and support via the Students’ Union. The Beat charity has also played a huge part in Caitlin’s recovery. The consistent message from Beat is that “eating disorders can be beaten”. This message has provided continual hope for Caitlin and her family during her recovery. ❒ Physiotherapy students set the standard for annual conference A GROUP OF FINAL YEAR physiotherapy students staged Scotland’s first Student Physiotherapy Conference. The event, held at QMU in October, attracted over two hundred physiotherapy students, practicing clinicians, educators and academics, as well as health and social care professionals from across Scotland and the rest of the UK. James McCallum, Scottish racing cyclist (centre), photographed with QMU physiotherapy students - (L-R): Andrea Christoforou, Katie McGregor, Florence Cook and Jason Chang. The Moffat Charitable Trust Scholarship Fund New scholarship announced for 2015 O UR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS in International Hospitality and Tourism will soon benefit from a £50k donation from The Moffat Charitable Trust. The scholarship will support participation in a nine month placement in industry that forms part of the curriculum for second year students. The aims is to help students broaden their horizons, industry knowledge and employability. The fund will run for ten years, offering five students per year a grant of £1000 to cover expenses related to placements overseas (for example travel costs, visa costs and immediate expenses on arrival). This will help ensure that all students, irrespective of their financial background, have equal access to achieving an overseas placement should they wish to pursue this option. Organised for students by students and financially supported by QMU’s Student Development Fund, the event brought together those interested in enhancing knowledge, encouraging collaboration and inspiring innovation in the world of physiotherapy. The event also provided an excellent networking opportunity and supportive environment for students and newly- qualified physiotherapist to present their work. Highlights of the day included a keynote speech by Dr Elizabeth Dean, Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a talk by Scottish racing cyclist, James McCallum. Commenting on the success of the conference, final year physiotherapy student, Florence Cook, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the positive response to the conference from students, lecturers, physiotherapists and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. We’re really grateful to all our sponsors, including the QMU Student Development Fund, which was the first financial support we received. It not only helped to fund the conference and make it a huge success, it also gave us confidence that our event was worth the investment.” The success of the conference has already helped secure the second event of its kind in Scotland to be held at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in 2015. ❒ The first scholarships were awarded in March 2015. ❒ QMYOU / Development News 25